Lone Indian woman grappler in Olympics but Geeta not nervous
The lone Indian woman wrestler to qualify for London Olympics, Geeta Phogat says she knows the expectations are high from her but she doesn't feel any pressure as she has full faith in her abilities.Updated: Jun 22, 2012 14:22 IST
The lone Indian woman wrestler to qualify for London Olympics, Geeta Phogat says she knows the expectations are high from her but she doesn't feel any pressure as she has full faith in her abilities.
"There are a lot of expectations from me, but there is no pressure as such. I am confident that I can do well at the Olympics. I believe that if I can qualify for the Olympics, I have the skills to pull it off for the country at the London Games too," the 23-year-old Haryana-girl told PTI before flying to Colorado Springs in USA for a 22-day long training camp late last night.
Geeta said training at US will definitely improve her performance.
"Colorado Springs is a very good place to train ahead of the Olympics. I have been there earlier this year also and the amount of practice and exposure we get there is really beneficial. We get to compete with different partners, learn different movements...it also helps us gain the necessary speed," she said.
Geeta beat Um Ji-Eun of Korea in the Asian Qualifying tournament in March to fetch the gold medal in the 55kg weight category and qualify for the Olympics.
Chief coach OP Yadav lauded Geeta's approach to the game and said her mental toughness sets her apart from other competitors.
"She is very confident, I won't comment on whether she is a medal prospect or not, but certainly she is mentally very tough and can go past any challenge," Yadav said.
First Published: Jun 22, 2012 14:12 IST